TEHRAN — The Health Ministry plans to use traditional medicine to solve the demographic crisis, prevent infertility and have a healthy generation, announced Nafiseh Hosseini Yekta, director of the ministry’s Persian medicine office.
National development plans oblige the Ministry of Health to integrate traditional medical services into the health system, which requires the development of Iranian medicine in all fields of education, research and treatment.
At present, in the field of education, 12 groups and 8 faculties train specialists in the field of traditional medicine, pharmacy and medical history, which requires serious expansion, he said. she stated.
Average population growth has been declining in recent years, and this downward trend is a serious warning. In the field of research, utilizing the capabilities of Persian traditional medicine, as indigenous knowledge in the direction of resistance economy, can help the country, she pointed out.
In addition, traditional Persian medicine should be used as a tool for population growth, as well as infertility treatment and healthy generation, she stressed.
Iran is experiencing below replacement fertility – less than 2.1 children per woman – indicating that a generation is not producing enough children to replace itself, which ultimately leads to an outright reduction in population.
According to the population and housing census, the average population growth has been declining in recent years, and this downward trend is a serious warning.
The country’s elderly population is expected to almost double in the next 20 years, while this trend will occur in other countries over the next 100 years.
Iranian traditional medicine
Iranian traditional medicine is one of the oldest forms of traditional medicine. It is based on the concept of the four senses of humor: phlegm (Balgham), blood (Dam), yellow bile (Safra’) and black bile (Sauda’). The concept of the four senses of humor is based on the teachings of Rhazes and Avicenna in an elaborate medical system.
Iranian traditional medicine has a strong focus on prioritizing health maintenance and disease prevention over treatment.
So far, about 30,000 plant species are identified in the world, with Iran’s share of about 8,000 species, its plant diversity is higher than that of the whole of Europe.
Currently, about 2,300 species of medicinal plants have been identified in the country; while medicinal plants account for one-third of the drugs used in human societies, the global trade share of these products is around $124 billion, and Iran’s share is $570 million, which is only 0, 5% of total.
The per capita consumption of medicinal plants in Iran is about one kilogram of dried plants, i.e. 83,000 tons of medicinal plants worth 1.2 trillion rials (about $4 million ) are consumed in the country, while in Europe this amount is 900 grams, and in the United States is 2.5 kilograms.